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Indian Student Association celebrates Festival of Lights

November 07, 2012 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University Indian Student Association (ISA) will host a celebration of Diwali (the Festival of Lights) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The celebration will begin with a cultural event in the Overman Student Center’s Crimson and Gold Ballroom and will move to Whitesitt Hall for an Indian dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 with accompanied children under 12 admitted free.

Ananda Jayawardhana, a member of the faculty in the PSU Department of Mathematics and the faculty adviser for the ISA, said Diwali is one of the most important festivals in a country that is sometimes known as the land of festivals.

“Legend says that the people of Ayodhya lit lamps to celebrate the victory of prince Rama over King Ravana of Lanka and the return of Rama and his wife Sita to India,” Jayawardhana said. “Sri Lankans and Indonesians have mythical stories to relate to the Indian myth.”

Jayawardhana said the Festival of Lights has symbolism for modern Indians and others around the world.

“Lighting a lamp signifies hope for a better future,” Jayawardhana said. “It is light against dark and good against evil.  Modern day Diwali signifies unity and hope and celebrates diversity.”

For tickets or more information, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at 620-235-4680. 

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